A Bright Future for Healthcare Workforce
It was another great summer for Opportunities Industrialization Center and Hospital for Special Care in New Britain - as part of the Capital Workforce Partner's Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.
This year, the hospital provided employment opportunities for 18 New Britain High School students who are involved with various programs at New Britain High School including the Health Academy. That is up from 13 students last year!
Since the summer of 2012, a total of 43 students have had high school internships through this program. "It's a true talent pipeline in the healthcare industry, where we expect workforce demand to be high over the next decade," says Thomas Phillips, Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO.
About one third of the students are expected to be kept on for after-school internships during the school year. Students worked in health information management; information technology; child care; pediatrics; therapeutic recreation; patient care units; food service; building services; materials management; and infection control.
Paulette Fox, OIC NB Executive Director for the past 30 years, states "there is still a great need for our youth to have positive work experiences and the Hospital for Special Care has done just that. I encourage other employers to get involved with helping to prepare our future workforce."